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Sandra Banning Wants Daughter Removed From Newdow Case on Pledge of Allegiance

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Sandra Banning, whose 8-year-old daughter is part of the lawsuit filed by Michael Newdow to get the phrase "under God" struck from the Pledge of Allegiance, files a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco to get her daughter removed from the case.

She asks the court "to acknowledge the child has not been harmed" by the Pledge of Allegiance and worries that her daughter, a third-grader, will be harmed by a "lifetime of public scorn" for being associated with this case.

Sandra Banning says:

"I don't want to interfere with Mr. Newdow's civil rights, but I would like anything about my daughter to be removed from the case, for the court to acknowledge the child has not been harmed. ...

I do not wish for my daughter, for the rest of her life, to be known as 'the atheist child who hated the Pledge.' It is therefore imperative that the court allow the [case] to go forward, if at all, without my daughter as a party."

Michael Newdow, who has never been married to Sandra Banning, responds by saying:

"I'm still a parent and still have a right to keep the government from indoctrinating my child."

He also tells CNN:

"Don't you think it's pretty horrible that we're worried about the child being known as an atheist, that's a bad thing? That's why we need to get "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

And bear in mind that whether or not I have a standing of what goes on here, the pledge is still unconstitutional. That's the key."


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